Shaler Area's Holtz Looking to Visit Rutgers

J.P. Holtz plays running back at Shaler Area High (Pittsburgh), so why was Rutgers in to see him last week since the Scarlet Knights already have a commitment from another running back? Well, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Holtz answered that question for

With tight end a need in the recruiting class, Rutgers is heading to places it usually doesn't recruit to check on prospects.

The Scarlet Knights went to Arizona last week to offer Blake Jackson of Scottsdale Community College last week, and assistant coach Brian Angelichio was in Pittsburgh to check out J.P. Holtz, who plays running back at Shaler Area High but is being recruited to play tight end.

"They came to the school the other day," Holtz said. "I'm open. I have interest in every school. They want me to come visit. They want to set up a date, but I have to check it out and see when I can make it."

A visit date has not been set, but there is a very good chance it will coincide with the Scarlet Knights' camps in late June.

Holtz, who is 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, totaled 14 touchdowns last season while lining up predominantly in the backfield at Shaler Area.

Angelichio, a former Pittsburgh assistant coach, met Holtz at a Panthers football camp last summer and continued to recruit him to Pittsburgh. Holtz also gained familiarity with the offense Pittsburgh ran, and former Panthers offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti brought it to Rutgers in the offseason.

"They run a good offense, a pro-style with a tight end," Holtz said. "The tight ends at Pitt have been successful the last couple of years like Dorin Dickerson and (Nate Byham), and they actually are both in the NFL."

One of the reasons Holtz wants to visit Rutgers is to learn more about the school. He acknowledged one of the reasons he is looking at the Scarlet Knights is the coaching staff changes that brought Angelichio and Cignetti to Rutgers.

"I don't really know much about (Rutgers)," Holtz said. "I know it's close to New York, but not too much."

Holtz is slated to visit Maryland this weekend, and is in the process of setting up visits to other schools.

"I definitely want to go somewhere to get a good education," Holtz said.

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